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Research Project Grants 2014

Sciences

Professor Andrew Adamatzky
University of the West of England
Artificial Paramecium: intelligent distributed sensing and manipulation by ciliates
£249,754

Dr Tim Albrecht 
Imperial College London 
Charge transfer processes in small metal nanoparticles 
£174,768 

Dr Christopher Bayliss 
University of Leicester 
Mutate and survive: how bacteria fight viruses 
£158,130 

Dr Elizabeth Bayne
University of Edinburgh
Regulation of RNAi-directed chromatin modification by ubiquitin and SUMO
£175,891

Dr Morgan Beeby
Imperial College London
Evolutionary pathways to rotary motors: evolution and mechanism of the archaellum
£117,620

Professor Simon Belt 
University of Plymouth 
Quantification of sea ice carbon within Arctic ecosystems 
£173,049 

Dr Alexander Belton 
University of Lancaster 
Quantum random walks and quasi-free quantum stochastic calculus 
£84,895 

Professor Gavin Bremner 
University of Lancaster 
Auditory-visual congruence and young infants’ perception of object persistence 
£334,712 

Dr Saverio Brogna 
University of Birmingham 
What are the functions of ribosomes within the nucleus? 
£147,656 

Dr Glenn Burley 
University of Strathclyde 
Transformable photonic circuitry: using DNA to create the next generation of molecularly active surfaces 
£231,276

Professor Robert Cernik 
University of Manchester 
Using diffracted X-rays to form images with chemical and structural information 
£247,737 

Dr Kevin Chalut
University of Cambridge
Physical biology of early mammalian embryogenesis and acquisition of pluripotency
£223,277 

Professor Neil Champness 
University of Nottingham 
Structural elucidation and reactivity modification in metal-organic frameworks 
£260,350 

Dr Hugo Christenson 
University of Leeds 
Effects of topography on ice nucleation 
£162,138

Dr Simon J Clarke 
University of Oxford 
Synthesis and control of the properties of solids using soft chemical approaches 
£143,884 

Professor David Clayton
Queen Mary, University of London
Neurogenomics of perception
£312,618

Professor Nicola Clayton 
University of Cambridge 
Novel approaches to testing belief state attribution in children and corvids 
£147,728 

Dr Matthew Cook 
Queen’s University Belfast 
Synthesis and anticancer investigation of diazonamide A 
£160,889 

Dr Peter Culmer 
University of Leeds 
Sense and sensibility: an optimisation framework for tactile sensing 
£193,864 

Dr Sheila Cunningham 
University of Abertay Dundee 
The ‘me’ in memory: exploring the developing self and its influence on cognition 
£106,336 

Dr Judith Curran 
University of Liverpool 
Control of biological responses by isolated synthetic material variables 
£225,287 

Dr Hai Deng 
University of Aberdeen 
Using spectrometric and genetic techniques for new fluorometabolites discovery 
£69,089 

Dr Ross Denton 
University of Nottingham 
Catalytic alkylation reactions of free amines with alcohols 
£142,396 

Professor Stefan Doerr
Swansea University
Carbon sequestration from wildfires? Quantifying the role of pyrogenic carbon
£231,575 

Dr Michael Doube 
Royal Veterinary College, University of London 
Act big, get big. Bone cell activity scaling among species as a skeletal adaptation mechanism 
£192,009 

Dr Dominic Dwyer 
Cardiff University 
Generality and specificity in food learning: questioning the received wisdom 
£300,233

Professor Ian C Eperon
University of Leicester
Is RNA splicing regulated by collisions between proteins bound to a freely-diffusing RNA chain?
£249,416

Dr Heather Jane Ferguson 
University of Kent 
Imagining the self in fictional worlds: evidence from autism spectrum disorder 
£225,482

Professor Matthew Charles Fisher 
Imperial College London 
The emperor’s new clothes – are chytrid fungi leaving amphibians naked? 
£264,405 

Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold
University of Glasgow
Quantum memory and processing of orbital angular momentum information in atomic gasses
£249,507

Dr Keara Franklin 
University of Bristol 
How do plants sense temperature? 
£157,901 

Dr Kristian Franze 
University of Cambridge 
Forces in neuronal development and growth 
£166,156 

Dr Lucia Garrido 
Brunel University London 
Multisensory processing of faces and voices in person identity recognition 
£202,083 

Professor Andre Gerber 
University of Surrey 
Development of a novel translatome analysis method and application in aging 
£163,720 

Dr Duncan Gill
University of Huddersfield
Convergent synthesis of aconitine
£133,481

Dr Stephen Goldup 
Queen Mary, University of London 
Mechanically chiral rotaxanes as switchable enantioselective catalysts 
£104,326 

Dr Anjali Goswami 
University College London 
Untangling the enigmatic origins of placental mammals with fossils and genomics 
£112,319 

Dr Lucie Green
University College London
Solar magnetic activity: bridging the gap between observation and theory
£304,505

Professor Michaele Hardie 
University of Leeds 
Structurally dynamic cages and frameworks 
£239,463 

Dr Lee Haynes 
University of Liverpool 
Mapping mitotic calcium signals in mammalian cells with targeted sensors 
£176,554 

Professor Michael Hayward 
University of Oxford 
Topochemical reduction of 4d and 5d transition metal oxides 
£105,122 

Professor Ortwin Hess
Imperial College London
Extreme nonlinear chirality in THz metasurfaces
£184,819 

Dr Andrew Horsfield 
Imperial College London 
Novel excited electron devices: a computational investigation 
£147,073 

Dr Michael Hough 
University of Essex 
Enzyme catalysis in action: 3D movies of X-ray induced chemical reactions in protein crystals 
£173,794 

Professor Steven Howdle
University of Nottingham
A clean and versatile route to hierarchical structured functional devices
£234,691

Professor Brian Huntley 
Durham University 
Modelling vegetation development during Pleistocene glacials and interglacials 
£249,730 

Dr Geoffrey Hyett 
University of Southampton 
A new method of nanosynthesis: chemical control of nanostructure in films 
£95,903 

Dr Michael Ingleson 
University of Manchester 
New routes to B,N-oligoacenes for application in oxygen reduction catalysis 
£167,561 

Dr Andrew Jackson
University of Liverpool
Evolutionary genomics of free-living and parasitic amoebae
£112,582

Dr Andrew Jamieson 
University of Leicester 
DNA templated synthesis of de novo protein ß-motifs 
£129,566 

Dr Peter Jarowski
University of Surrey
Computational molecular design of type IV metallopolymers
£95,707

Professor Chris Jarrold 
University of Bristol 
The development of procedural working memory 
£193,065 

Dr Chris Jiggins 
University of Cambridge 
Developing transgenic tests of butterfly wing patterning genes 
£245,534 

Professor Hugh R A Jones 
University of Hertfordshire 
PAN-Disciplinary algORithms for data Analysis 
£204,219 

Professor Anne Juel
University of Manchester
Multiple bubble propagation modes in elastorigid models of airway reopening
£156,490

Professor Myungshik Kim
Imperial College London
Proposal for quantum optical tests of the minimum length scale
£118,662

Dr Ian Lane 
Queen’s University Belfast 
Production of ultracold hydrogen by molecular fragmentation 
£180,142 

Professor Kurt Langfeld 
University of Plymouth 
The density of states approach for simulations of dense matter in QCD 
£137,065 

Dr Ai-Lan Lee 
Heriot-Watt University 
Dual catalysis: gold and photoredox catalysis for stereoselective synthesis 
£106,832 

Professor Huiyun Liu 
University College London 
High-efficiency GaAsP nanowire solar cells on silicon 
£181,602 

Professor Bradley Love
University College London
Circumventing limits in memory retrieval
£256,226

Dr Stephen Lynch 
Cardiff University 
Quantum optics of mid gap chalocogen donors in single crystal silicon 
£230,776 

Dr Anotida Madzvamuse 
University of Sussex 
Unravelling new mathematics for 3D cell migration 
£258,593 

Professor Stefan Maier
Imperial College London
Dielectric nanoantennas: exploration of a new low-loss nanophotonics platform
£197,120

Dr Ewan Main
Queen Mary, University of London
Using repeat proteins to create a toolkit for synthetic biology and biotechnology
£241,357

Dr Douglas Mair
University of Aberdeen
Calving glaciers: long-term validation and evidence
£238,775

Dr Mahesh Marina
University of Edinburgh
Application-oriented TV white space networking
£232,512

Professor Jon May
University of Plymouth
In the dancer’s mind: creativity, novelty and the imagination
£246,061

Dr Fernando Montealegre-Z. 
University of Lincoln 
The evolution of acoustic communication in fossil and extant insects 
£249,154 

Dr Ian Moore 
University of Oxford 
Thinking inside the box: how do plants build organised walls? 
£248,344 

Dr Karen Mullinger 
University of Nottingham 
Revealing the origin of human alpha oscillations using ultra high-field fMRI-EEG 
£264,470 

Dr Ryan Nichol 
University College London 
Probing the ultra-high energy universe with ANITA and ARA 
£220,205 

Dr Sergei Novikov 
University of Nottingham 
Molecular beam epitaxy for graphene/boron nitride electronics 
£132,073 

Dr Niamh Nowlan 
Imperial College London 
The importance of mechanical forces due to prenatal movements for spinal development 
£296,349 

Dr Nathan Patmore 
University of Huddersfield 
Electron transfer between hydrogen bonded ‘dimers of dimers’ 
£103,250 

Dr Mika Peck 
University of Sussex 
Rapid acoustic survey: validating acoustic methods for biodiversity assessment 
£60,421

Dr Steven Penfield 
University of Exeter 
Understanding real limits to plant productivity: a macroeconomic perspective 
£218,793 

Mr Sergio Pineda 
Cardiff University 
Crystallographically inspired architecture: a new pathway from nanogeometry to design 
£249,742 

Professor Don Pollacco
University of Warwick
Homogeneous study of transiting systems
£145,100

Dr Cristina C Popescu
University of Central Lancashire
Connecting the high and low energy views of the Milky Way
£149,518

Dr Steven Porter 
University of Exeter 
Complex decision-making in bacteria: predicting multikinase-networks 
£93,873 

Dr Hugh Rabagliati 
University of Edinburgh 
Expectation-driven language learning 
£158,522 

Dr Ben Raymond 
Imperial College London 
Directed evolution of virulence to overcome resistance to biological insecticide 
£233,233

Dr Thomas A Richards
University of Exeter
Ancestral gene repertoires at the dawn and diversification of the eukaryotes
£212,986

Dr Nicholas Roberts 
University of Bristol 
Seeing the invisible – the optics of vertebrate polarisation vision 
£154,879 

Dr Jonathan Robbins 
University of Bristol 
Liquid crystals defects in Landau-de Gennes theory 
£155,927 

Dr Dmitriy Rumynin
University of Warwick
Hecke algebras and Kac-Moody groups: representations, lattices and categories
£152,563

Professor Michael Ruzhansky
Imperial College London
Phase space analysis on nilpotent Lie groups
£216,178

Dr Setsuko Sahara
King’s College London
A quantitative approach towards understanding the evolutionary cortical size
regulation
£177,936

Professor David Salt
University of Aberdeen
Mapping radial ion-transport pathways in plant roots with cell-type specific resolution
£225,631

Dr Christoph G Salzmann
University College London
Mixtures of large hydrophobes and amorphous ice: new directions in ice research
£119,421

Dr Riccardo Sapienza 
King’s College London 
Bio-compatible silk random laser 
£242,888 

Dr Tamsin Saxton
Northumbria University
Dating, mating and relating: how parents shape offspring partner choice
£53,266

Professor Dave Scanlan 
University of Warwick 
Obtaining a mechanistic understanding of viral photosynthesis 
£174,844 

Dr Steven Schockaert 
Cardiff University 
Approximating Markov logic theories in possibilistic logic 
£118,263 

Professor Walther Schwarzacher 
University of Bristol 
Nanoparticle interactions in freeze-concentrated aqueous solutions 
£173,483 

Professor Murray Selkirk 
Imperial College London 
Dissecting the immunoregulatory function of helminth secreted proteins 
£178,096 

Dr Sergey Sergeyev 
Aston University 
Combined harnessing of synchronisation in mode locked lasers 
£233,587 

Dr Vahid Shahrezaei 
Imperial College London 
The impact of cell growth and cell size on protein noise and phenotypic variability 
£250,173 

Professor Dudley E Shallcross
University of Bristol
Urban airborne particulate pollution, air ions and electric charge effects
£181,407

Dr Kieran Sharkey 
University of Liverpool 
Invasion in population dynamics 
£162,614 

Professor Mike Shipman 
University of Warwick 
New molecular scaffolds for the assembly of libraries of chiral diamines 
£172,313 

Dr Nima Shokri 
University of Manchester 
Fundamental understanding of the evaporation process from saline porous media 
£148,933 

Professor Anvar Shukurov 
Newcastle University 
Observations and models of turbulent flows: a topological approach 
£200,457 

Professor S. Ravi P. Silva 
University of Surrey 
Designer “inorganics-in-organics” semiconductors for high energy radiation detection 
£248,892 

Dr Christopher Smart
University of Plymouth
Shelled heteropods: morphology, molecular taxonomy and global distributions
£164,585

Professor (Renee) Elizabeth Sockett 
University of Nottingham 
The molecular control of bacterial biting and gliding in Bdellovibrio 
£143,770 

Dr Michail Stamatakis 
University College London 
Accurate and computationally efficient models for virtual catalyst design 
£113,044 

Dr Tokiharu Takahashi 
University of Manchester 
The evolutionary origin of the vertebrate head mesoderm 
£153,451 

Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff
University of Aberdeen
Plant-water interlinkages in northern uplands: mediation of climate change?
£249,380

Dr Neil Andrew Thacker
University of Manchester
Quantitative use of pattern recognition in the analysis of complex data distributions
£270,368

Professor Matthew Thirlwall 
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Seawater records and climate change in the Mesozoic 
£249,584 

Professor Jennifer Thomas 
University College London 
The path to CP violation in the neutrino sector: mega-ton water detectors 
£383,431

Dr Jim A Thomas
University of Sheffield
Kinetically inert self-assembled macrocycles as sensors for bio-molecules
£146,312

Dr Christopher R Thornton
University of Exeter
Development of a rapid diagnostic test for amphibian chytridiomycosis
£142,360

Dr Cesare Tronci
University of Surrey
From geometry to kinetic-fluid systems (and back)
£252,676

Professor George Turner 
Bangor University 
Genome-wide analysis of the evolution of new species 
£251,249 

Professor Simon Roy Turner 
University of Manchester 
Exploiting microbial metagenomics to alter plant cell wall composition 
£246,732 

Professor Chronis Tzedakis 
University College London 
Placing the earliest human occupation of Europe in a climate context 
£224,364 

Dr Jasper van Thor 
Imperial College London 
A novel structural probe for the light reactions of Photosystem II 
£278,450 

Dr Pieter Vermeesch 
University College London 
Determining erosion rates to revive the LOREX neutrino experiment (Macedonia) 
£119,337 

Dr Tobias von der Haar 
University of Kent 
Ribosome movement, information processing and the language of life 
£168,860 

Professor Paul Weaver 
University of Bristol 
Remote chemical sensing, signal transmission and control of self-actuating structures 
£210,461 

Professor A J Welch 
Heriot-Watt University 
An exploration of supraicosahedral non-Wadian molecular architectures 
£193,422 

Dr Richard Wheatley 
University of Nottingham 
A computational study of the effect of temperature and pressure on chemicals 
£147,722

Dr Roger Whitehead 
University of Manchester 
New bio-catalysts for synthetically useful metabolites from available phenols 
£167,478 

Dr Kielan Yarrow 
City University London 
Novel neurometric measures to discriminate models of speeded decision making 
£216,306

Dr Gabriel Yvon-Durocher
University of Exeter
The molecular mechanisms of thermal acclimation and adaptation in marine algae
£290,658

Humanities

Professor Lynn Abrams
University of Glasgow
Housing, everyday life and wellbeing over the long term in Glasgow, c. 1950–1975
£180,730

Professor Ian Kenneth Bailiff 
Durham University 
Developing new approaches to dating ancient irrigation features 
£102,443 

Dr Jennie Batchelor
University of Kent
The Lady’s Magazine (1770–1818): understanding the emergence of a genre
£185,147

Professor Michael Fulford 
University of Reading 
From Roman England to Roman Britain: rural settlement, society and economy 
£260,639 

Professor Chris Gosden 
University of Oxford 
European Celtic art in context: exploring Celtic art and its eastern links 
£223,595 

Dr Hilary Greaves
University of Oxford
Population ethics: theory and practice
£305,487

Dr Anne C Haour 
University of East Anglia 
Cowrie shells: an early global commodity 
£251,634 

Professor Colin Haselgrove 
University of Leicester 
In the footsteps of Caesar: the archaeology of the first Roman invasions of Britain 
£330,656 

Dr Liz Herbert McAvoy 
Swansea University 
The enclosed garden: pleasure, contemplation and cure in the hortus conclusus, 1100–1450 
£156,548 

Professor Thomas A Heslop
University of East Anglia
The medieval parish churches of Norwich: city, community and architecture
£193,131

Mr David Howell
University of Oxford
Painting by numbers: decoding Ferdinand Bauer’s colour code
£147,089

Professor Katarzyna M Jaszczolt
University of Cambridge
Expressing the self: cultural diversity and cognitive universals
£219,634

Dr Andrew Jones 
University of Southampton 
Making a mark: imagery and process in the British and Irish Neolithic 
£97,826 

Rev Dr David Ceri Jones
Aberystwyth University
George Whitefield (1714–1770) and trans-Atlantic Protestantism
£115,527

Dr Parvathi Kumaraswami 
University of Manchester 
Beyond Havana and the nation? Peripheral identities and literary culture in Cuba 
£160,035 

Dr Jim Leary 
University of Reading 
Extending histories: from medieval mottes to prehistoric round mounds 
£264,705 

Dr Neil Loader 
Swansea University 
New tools for science-based archaeology: isotope-supported dendrochronology 
£289,875 

Professor Lutz Marten 
SOAS, University of London 
Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: typology, contact and change 
£249,613 

Dr David Millard 
University of Southampton 
Story places: exploring the poetics of location-based narratives 
£183,260 

Professor Simon Newman 
University of Glasgow 
Runaway slaves in Britain: bondage, freedom and race in the eighteenth century 
£291,327 

Dr Jose R Oliver 
University College London 
The Cotua Island entrepôt: building a reflexive archaeology in the Orinoco basin 
£332,780 

Professor Matthew Rampley 
University of Birmingham 
Promoting national and imperial identities: museums in Austria-Hungary 
£286,602 

Professor Paula Reimer
Queen’s University Belfast
Freshwater reservoir effect on re-dating of Eurasian Steppe cultures
£112,245 

Professor Andrew Reynolds
University College London
Travel and communication in Anglo-Saxon England
£292,207

Dr Ian Ruffell 
University of Glasgow 
Hero of Alexandria and his theatrical automata 
£282,881 

Professor Philip Schofield 
University College London 
The authoritative edition of Jeremy Bentham’s economic writings 
£297,407 

Dr Tim Shephard 
University of Sheffield 
Music in the art of Renaissance Italy, c. 1420–1540 
£247,972 

Dr Emma Spary 
University of Cambridge 
Selling exotic plant products in Paris, 1670–1730 
£191,798 

Professor Stuart Taberner 
University of Leeds 
Traumatic pasts, cosmopolitanism, and nation-building in contemporary German and South African literature 
£260,140 

Professor Jane Whittle 
University of Exeter 
Women’s work in rural England, 1500–1700: a new methodological approach 
£231,307

Professor Jon Williamson 
University of Kent 
Grading evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology 
£222,096 

Professor Andrew Wood 
Durham University 
Social relations and everyday life in England, 1500–1640 
£189,360

Social Sciences

Dr Nicholas Bardsley 
University of Reading 
How individual is ‘individual choice’? Exploring team reasoning in context 
£77,373 

Professor Alessandro Beber
City University London
Short-selling bans and bank stability: evidence from two crises
£65,074

Professor Harriet Bradley
University of the West of England
Paired peers: moving on up? The impact of social class on graduate destinations
£262,047

Professor Fiona Brookman 
University of South Wales 
Homicide investigation and forensic science: tracing processes, analysing practices 
£216,531 

Professor Chris Brooks 
University of Reading 
The first real estate bubble? Land prices and rents in medieval England, c. 1200–1550 
£196,249 

Dr Joanna Brück 
University of Bristol 
The social context of technology. Non-ferrous metalworking in later prehistoric northwest Europe, c. 1500-50 BCE
£254,082 

Dr Charlotte Burns 
University of York 
Evaluating the impact of austerity upon environmental policy in Europe 
£224,372 

Dr Mary Corcoran 
University of Keele 
Voluntary sector adaptation and resilience in the mixed economy of resettlement 
£161,064 

Dr Rob Drummond
Manchester Metropolitan University
Expressing inner city youth identity through multicultural urban British English
£107,113

Dr Amanda H Goodall
City University London
Leadership, the work environment, and scientific productivity
£55,225

Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith 
University College London 
Visualising inequality in community networks to enhance participatory planning 
£256,670

Professor Shane D Johnson
University College London
Migrant networks, decisions, and immigration policy
£205,365

Dr Julia P G Jones
Bangor University
Can payments for ecosystem services deliver environmental and livelihood benefits?
£257,224

Dr Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon
University of East Anglia
The role of conferences on academic research: evidence from a natural experiment
£72,853

Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright 
University of Oxford 
Circuits of waste and value: making e-waste subjects in China and Japan 
£322,557 

Professor Paul Martin
University of Sheffield
How does inequality get ‘under the skin’? Epigenetics, health disparities and the making of social policy
£214,967 

Professor Seán McConville 
Queen Mary, University of London 
Irish political prisoners, 1960–2000 
£239,197

Dr Hugh Smith
University of Liverpool
Agricultural change in Britain: modelling past impacts to predict the future
£217,766

Dr Matthew Struebig
University of Kent
Tolerating tigers: do local beliefs offset human–carnivore conflicts?
£226,392

Dr John Tsoukalas
University of Glasgow
Where is the news in business cycles? A new approach with novel methodologies
£119,082 

Dr Richard Whitaker
University of Leicester
MEPs in the 2014–19 European Parliament: the rise of Euroscepticism?
£56,399

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